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April 22, 2004 | Stephen Braun, Times Staff Writer
Diplomat James Grover McDonald passed through the history of the 20th century like a privileged bit player. He met with Adolf Hitler and Franklin D. Roosevelt and was intimately involved in the birth of Israel as Harry S. Truman's first envoy to the fledgling nation -- faithfully recording his encounters in a massive cache of private diaries. McDonald's detailed accounts remained hidden for decades, unavailable to diplomatic historians until this week, when the U.S.
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